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Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program
Document Number: 2014-08626
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2015 Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) program. The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from the private sector and from government agencies for fiscal year 2015 and to set out criteria for the award of funds in October 2014. The TASC program is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Emerging Markets Program
Document Number: 2014-08623
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2015 Emerging Markets Program (EMP). The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from the private sector and from government agencies for fiscal year 2015 and to set out criteria for the award of funds under the program in October 2014. The EMP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Quality Samples Program
Document Number: 2014-08622
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces it is inviting proposals for the 2015 Quality Samples Program (QSP). The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from eligible applicants for fiscal year 2015 and to set out the criteria for the award of funds under the program in October 2014. QSP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Market Access Program
Document Number: 2014-08621
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2015 Market Access Program (MAP). The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from eligible applicants for fiscal year 2015 and to set out criteria for the award of funds under the program in October 2014. The MAP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
Supplemental Agricultural Disaster Assistance Programs, Payment Limitations, and Payment Eligibility
Document Number: 2014-08067
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-04-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This rule implements specific requirements for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP), Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), Tree Assistance Program (TAP), and general provisions for Supplemental Agricultural Disaster Assistance Programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill). Although there were similar disaster programs under the 2008 Farm Bill, the authority for those programs has expired. The 2014 Farm Bill reauthorizes these programs and they are similar to the 2008 programs, however, there are distinct changes in payment limits, eligible losses, and eligible causes of loss from prior programs. Eligible ELAP, LFP, LIP, and TAP losses must have occurred on or after October 1, 2011 to be eligible for payment. This rule specifies how ELAP, LFP, LIP, and TAP payments are calculated, what losses are eligible, and when producers may apply for payments. Additionally, this final rule implements changes required by the 2014 Farm Bill by amending the regulations that specify maximum income limits (payment eligibility) and maximum benefit amounts (payment limits) for participants in programs funded by the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and some FSA programs. The intended effect of the eligibility requirements is to ensure that program payments and benefits are issued only to those persons and legal entities that meet the income eligibility requirements as specified in the 2014 Farm Bill, and that program participants do not receive any program payments above the maximum allowable payment amount. The payment limits and average Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) limits in this final rule apply to 2014 and subsequent crop, program, or fiscal year benefits, and to benefits for programs that were authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill for retroactive 2012 or 2013 crop, program, or fiscal year benefits.
Tobacco Transition Program Assessments; Final Appeals and Revisions Procedures
Document Number: 2014-07979
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-04-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is amending the regulations for the Tobacco Transition Program (TTP) to clarify the final administrative actions required for the orderly close-out of the program. Through the Tobacco Transition Payment Program (TTPP), which is part of the TTP, eligible former tobacco quota holders and producers of quota tobacco receive payments from funds that CCC collects through quarterly assessments on domestic manufacturers and importers of tobacco products as required by the Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act of 2004 (FETRA). This rule clarifies final dates and deadlines for the assessments and related program actions, including when CCC will make any final revisions to the quarterly assessments, when documentation is required for administrative appeals filed after FY 2014, when final appeals may be filed, and when CCC decisions on final appeals will take place.
Continuation of Certain Benefit and Loan Programs, Acreage Reporting, Average Adjusted Gross Income, and Payment Limit
Document Number: 2014-06991
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-03-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Agricultural Act of 2014 (referred to as the 2014 Farm Bill) extends the authorization, with some changes, of many Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs and Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) programs administered by FSA. This document announces to producers the continuation of the following programs and notes specific changes as mandated by the 2014 Farm Bill: The 2014 crop Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL), Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP), Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), Sugar Program, Milk Income Loss Contract Program (MILC), and Dairy Indemnity Payment Program (DIPP). The 2014 Farm Bill also continues, with modifications, the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) eligibility provisions and payment limits that apply to many FSA and CCC programs. As specified in the 2014 Farm Bill, producers must submit annual acreage reports of all cropland on a farm to qualify for MAL and LDP benefits, and most commodity programs. All of the programs listed above will be continued under existing regulations, except as specified in this document. This document will be followed by amendments to the applicable regulations to implement changes required by the 2014 Farm Bill.
Farm Storage Facility Loan Program, Security Requirements
Document Number: 2014-05101
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-03-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is amending the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) Program regulations to increase the loan amount, for which additional security or a severance agreement is required, from $50,000 to $100,000. We are making a related change for loans secured with collateral that does not have any resale value. The purpose of these amendments is to make the loan process easier for borrowers, especially producers who may not have additional security, but are unlikely to default on a relatively small loan. Raising the threshold for which additional security is required from $50,000 to $100,000 should help more small producers qualify for a loan between $50,000 and $100,000, and will likely reduce their cost to qualify for such a loan.
CCC Export Credit Guarantee (GSM-102) Program and Facility Guarantee Program (FGP)
Document Number: 2013-29439
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-12-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This proposed rule would revise and amend the regulations that administer the Export Credit Guarantee (GSM-102) Program. Changes in this proposed rule incorporate program operational changes and information from press releases and notices to participants that have been implemented since the publication of the current rule, and include other administrative revisions to enhance clarity and program integrity. This proposed rule also incorporates certain changes as suggested in comments received in response to the initial publication of the proposed rule on July 27, 2011. These changes should increase program availability to all program participants and enhance access and encourage sales for smaller U.S. exporters. Changes are also intended to improve CCC's financial management of the program. The proposed rule would eliminate provisions for the Intermediate Export Credit Guarantee (GSM-103) Program, consistent with the repeal of authority to operate this program in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Act).
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Conservation Reserve Program
Document Number: 2013-28520
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
This notice announces that the Farm Service Agency (FSA), on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), intends to complete a Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS) assessing the environmental impacts of potential changes to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), as required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The intent of this notice is to provide an initial summary introduction to the alternatives being considered for potential changes to CRP, and to request comments on these proposed alternatives. The input we receive as a result of this notice will enable us to refine the alternatives, begin to evaluate their impacts, and document results in the scoping report as required by NEPA.
Clarification of Bales Made Available for Shipment by CCC-Approved Warehouses
Document Number: 2013-23506
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-09-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) proposes to amend the regulations that specify the requirements for CCC-approved warehouses storing cotton. The amendment would change the definition of Bales Made Available for Shipment (BMAS). CCC-approved cotton warehouses are currently required to report BMAS, among other data, to CCC every week. This rule would clarify that bales made available, but not picked up by the shipper, can only be reported by the warehouse operator as BMAS for no longer than the first two weeks that such bales have been made available for delivery but have not yet been picked up. The rule would only change how bales not picked up are reported by the warehouse operator to CCC in the weekly; it does not change any warehouse tariffs or fees. This change would improve the quality of reported information about bales available for shipment, benefiting both CCC and the cotton industry.
Information Collection; Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
Document Number: 2013-19016
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency and the Commodity Credit Corporation are seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on an extension with a revision of a currently approved information collection in support of the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). The information collected is needed from producers to determine eligibility for NAP assistance.
Conservation Reserve Program, Re-Enrollment
Document Number: 2013-19017
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This rule makes a technical correction to the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) regulations to clarify that land with use restrictions that prohibit the production of agricultural commodities, typically through an easement or other deed restrictions, is not eligible for re-enrollment in CRP. This is not a new policy and would not have affected any program determinations for recent CRP sign ups, had this change been specified in the regulations at the time. This amendment will improve the regulations by maintaining consistency with longstanding policy. This rule corrects a provision in the current regulations that allows re-enrollment in CRP of land with easements or other deed restrictions that restrict the production of agricultural commodities. A 2003 interim rule inadvertently added that provision through an incorrect cross-reference, but clearly stated in the preamble that the intent was to exclude land with such easements or deed restrictions from re-enrollment. The purpose of CRP is to cost- effectively assist producers in conserving and improving soil, water, wildlife, and other natural resources by converting environmentally- sensitive acreage from the production of agricultural commodities to a long-term vegetative cover.
Tobacco Transition Program; Final Assessment Procedures
Document Number: 2013-18671
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This notice provides information about the final quarterly assessments for the Tobacco Transition Program (TTP). Through the Tobacco Transition Payment Program (TTPP), which is part of the TTP, eligible former tobacco quota holders and tobacco producers receive payments in 10 annual installments in fiscal years (FY) 2005 through 2014. To fund TTPP, the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) collects quarterly assessments from domestic manufacturers and importers of tobacco products. As specified in the Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act of 2004 (FETRA), the Secretary must ensure the final assessment is collected no later than September 30, 2014. Also, as specified in the TTP regulations, the final two calendar quarterly payments are both due to CCC on September 30, 2014. This notice provides information about the final monthly reporting date by domestic manufacturers and importers, the final date for revisions of volume or tax data by domestic manufacturers and importers of tobacco products, and other information about how the assessment part of TTP will be operated in the final months. TTP will continue to operate as specified in existing regulations, which are not changing with this notice.
Notice of Second Sugar Purchase and Exchange for Re-export Program Credits
Document Number: 2013-18219
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces the intent to purchase raw cane sugar to be offered in exchange for Refined Sugar Re- export Program credits as a follow-up to the notice of sugar purchase and exchange for Re-export Program credits published in the Federal Register on June 18, 2013 (78 FR 36508-36510). CCC will purchase the sugar from domestic sugarcane processors under the Cost Reduction Options of the Food Security Act of 1985, and concurrently exchange such sugar for credits under the Refined Sugar Re-export Program.
Sugar Program; Feedstock Flexibility Program for Bioenergy Producers
Document Number: 2013-18160
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-07-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This rule amends regulations that specify the methods that the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) can use to dispose of its sugar inventory and establishes the new Feedstock Flexibility Program (FFP). Through FFP, the Secretary is required to purchase sugar and sell it to produce bioenergy as a means to avoid forfeitures of sugar loan collateral under the Sugar Program. The FFP regulations are required by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) amendments to the Food Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (the 2002 Farm Bill), and as further amended by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.
Information Collection; Application for Payment of Amounts Due Persons Who Have Died, Disappeared, or Have Been Declared Incompetent
Document Number: 2013-15334
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) are requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations on an extension of a currently approved information collection. The CCC and FSA are using the collected information to determine whether representatives or survivors of a producer are entitled to receive payments earned by a producer who dies, disappears, or is declared incompetent before receiving payments or other disbursements.
Notice of Change to the CCC Sugar Purchase and Exchange To Include Certificates of Quota Eligibility Issued Pursuant to the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement and United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement
Document Number: 2013-15285
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces the intent to include Certificates of Quota Eligibility (CQEs) issued under the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (U.S.-Colombia TPA) and the United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (U.S.-Panama TPA) in the sugar purchase and exchange announced on June 18, 2013.
Notice of Sugar Purchase and Exchange for Re-Export Program Credits; and Notice of Re-Export Program Time Period Extension
Document Number: 2013-14401
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Office of the Secretary
This notice concerns two separate actions. First, the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces the intent to purchase sugar to be offered in exchange for Refined Sugar Re-export Program credits. CCC will purchase sugar from domestic sugarcane processors or beet processors under the Cost Reduction Options of the Food Security Act of 1985, and concurrently exchange such sugar for credits under the Refined Sugar Re-export Program. Second, USDA announces a waiver to provide an extension of the time period from 90 days to 270 days in which licensed refiners must export or transfer sugar under the Refined Sugar Re-export Program.
Information Collection Request: Web-Based Supply Chain Management Commodity Offer Forms
Document Number: 2013-10215
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) are seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on an extension, with a revision, of a currently approved information collection request. This information collection is necessary to support the procurement of agricultural commodities for domestic and export food donation programs. FSA and CCC issue invitations to purchase or sell commodities for food donation programs on monthly, multiple monthly, quarterly, and yearly bases. Special invitations, however, are issued throughout the month. Web-Based Supply Chain Management (WBSCM) allows respondents to submit information electronically.
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program
Document Number: 2013-09469
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2014 Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) program. The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from the private sector and from government agencies for fiscal year 2014 and to set out criteria for the award of funds in October 2013. The TASC program is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). The funding authority for TASC expires at the end of fiscal year 2013. This notice is being published at this time to allow awards to be made early in fiscal year 2014, provided that program funding is reauthorized prior to that time. In the event this program is not reauthorized, or is substantially modified, FAS will publish a notice in the Federal Register rescinding this Notice of Funds Availability.
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program
Document Number: 2013-09461
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2014 Foreign Market Development Cooperator (Cooperator) program. The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from eligible applicants for fiscal year 2014 and to set out criteria for the award of funds under the program in October 2013. The Cooperator program is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). The funding authority for FMD expires at the end of fiscal year 2013. This notice is being published at this time to allow awards to be made early in fiscal year 2014, provided that program funding is reauthorized prior to that time. In the event this program is not reauthorized, or is substantially modified, FAS will publish a notice in the Federal Register rescinding this Notice of Funds Availability.
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Emerging Markets Program
Document Number: 2013-09460
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2014 Emerging Markets Program (EMP). The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from the private sector and from government agencies for fiscal year 2014 and to set out criteria for the award of funds under the program in October 2013. The EMP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). The statutory authority for EMP expires at the end of fiscal year 2013. This notice is being published at this time to allow awards to be made early in fiscal year 2014, provided that the program is reauthorized prior to that time. In the event this program is not reauthorized, or is substantially modified, FAS will publish a notice in the Federal Register rescinding this Notice of Funds Availability.
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Quality Samples Program
Document Number: 2013-09455
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces it is inviting proposals for the 2014 Quality Samples Program (QSP). The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from eligible applicants for fiscal year 2014 and to set out the criteria for the award of funds under the program in October 2013. QSP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Market Access Program
Document Number: 2013-09447
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2014 Market Access Program (MAP). The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from eligible applicants for fiscal year 2014 and to set out criteria for the award of funds under the program in October 2013. The MAP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). The funding authority for MAP expires at the end of fiscal year 2013. This notice is being published at this time to allow awards to be made early in fiscal year 2014, provided that program funding is reauthorized prior to that time. In the event this program is not reauthorized, or is substantially modified, FAS will publish a notice in the Federal Register rescinding this Notice of Funds Availability.
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
Document Number: 2013-08168
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is amending the regulations for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) to conform with policies implemented under the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill). The amendments concern requirements for coverage of native sod, increases in service fees, the multiple benefits limitation of the program, payment and income limitations, and eligibility for aquaculture losses caused by drought. Also, the rule makes clarifying amendments regarding the eligibility of wheat, barley, oats, or triticale acreage used for grazing and regarding the eligibility of tropical crops for benefits. The rule also clarifies the eligibility requirements for coverage in tropical regions. The amendments in this rule have already been implemented administratively.
Information Collection Request; Economic Assessment of Conservation Reserve Program Lands for Hunting
Document Number: 2013-02358
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA), on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), is requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations on a new information collection request associated with the ``Economic Assessment of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Lands for Hunting.''
Continuation of Farm Service Agency 2008 Farm Bill Programs
Document Number: 2013-02218
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) extended the authorization of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) through the 2013 crop year, fiscal year (FY), or calendar year, as applicable, for certain Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) commodity and conservation programs administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). This notice provides information about which programs have been extended for an additional year, which programs producers will need to enroll in through applications and contracts, and the dates for the submission of the required applications. The extended programs will be administered through their current terms and procedures for the applicable period of extension, except as provided in this notice.
Notice of Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2012-30485
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to request a revision for a currently approved information collection in support of the CCC's Dairy Export Incentive Program (DEIP) based on re-estimates. Although the Export Enhancement Program (EEP) was repealed by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, the regulations for EEP, found at 7 CFR part 1494, subpart B, also apply to the DEIP. The request for revision of this information collection applies only to DEIP.
Report of Acreage, Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
Document Number: 2012-30019
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) are seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on a revision of a currently approved information collection associated with the report of acreage for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). The Report of Acreage form is being revised for more efficient data entry in Modernize and Innovate the Delivery of Agricultural Systems (MIDAS). The producer will also no longer be required to provide certain additional information with the form that will likely result in a reduction in the burden hours in this information collection. This information collection is needed to administer the program.
Market Access Program
Document Number: 2012-15195
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The U.S. Department of Agriculture published a final rule in the Federal Register on May 17, 2012 (77 FR 29474). This document corrects the final regulations by revising these sections.
Market Access Program
Document Number: 2012-11601
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-05-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This final rule revises and amends the regulation used to administer the Market Access Program (MAP) by updating and merging the application requirements and the activity plan requirements to reflect the Unified Export Strategy (UES) system currently in place; clarifying the eligibility of activities designed to address international market access issues; modifying the list of eligible and ineligible contributions; revising the portions of the regulation regarding evaluations, contracting procedures, and the compliance review and appeals process; eliminating the Export Incentive Program/Market Access Program (EIP/MAP) as a separate subcomponent; and making other administrative changes for clarity and program integrity. This final rule adopts the substantive provisions of the proposed rule published September 8, 2009, revising and amending MAP regulations, with changes made to reflect public comments to the proposed rule.
Notice of Funds Availability; Inviting Applications for the Market Access Program; Correction
Document Number: 2012-11124
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Foreign Agricultural Service published a document in the Federal Register of April 23, 2012, concerning funds availability and inviting applications for the Market Access Program (MAP). The document contained incorrect dates.
Notice of Funds Availability; Inviting Applications for the Emerging Markets Program; Correction
Document Number: 2012-11123
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Foreign Agricultural Service published a document in the Federal Register of April 23, 2012, concerning funds availability and inviting applications for the Emerging Markets Program (EMP). The document contained incorrect dates.
Notice of Funds Availability; Inviting Applications for the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program; Correction
Document Number: 2012-11122
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Foreign Agricultural Service published a document in the Federal Register of April 23, 2012, concerning funds availability and inviting applications for the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) program. The document contained incorrect dates.
Notice of Funds Availability; Inviting Applications for the Quality Samples Program; Correction
Document Number: 2012-11121
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Foreign Agricultural Service published a document in the Federal Register of April 23, 2012, concerning funds availability and inviting applications for the Quality Samples Program (QSP). The document contained incorrect dates.
Notice of Funds Availability; Inviting Applications for the Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program; Correction
Document Number: 2012-11120
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Foreign Agricultural Service published a document in the Federal Register of April 23, 2012, concerning funds availability and inviting applications for the Foreign Market Development (Cooperator) Program. The document contained incorrect dates.
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Market Access Program
Document Number: 2012-9639
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2013 Market Access Program (MAP). The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from eligible applicants and to set out criteria for the award of funds in October 2012. The MAP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). The statutory authority for MAP expires at the end of fiscal year 2012. This notice is being published at this time to allow awards to be made early in fiscal year 2013, provided that the program is reauthorized prior to that time. In the event this program is not reauthorized, or is substantially modified, FAS will publish a notice in the Federal Register rescinding this Notice of Funds Availability.
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program
Document Number: 2012-9638
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2013 Foreign Market Development Cooperator (Cooperator) program. The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from eligible applicants for 2013 and to set out criteria for the award of funds under the program in October 2012. The Cooperator program is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). The statutory authority for FMD expires at the end of fiscal year 2012. This notice is being published at this time to allow awards to be made early in fiscal year 2013, provided that the program is reauthorized prior to that time. In the event this program is not reauthorized, or is substantially modified, FAS will publish a notice in the Federal Register rescinding this Notice of Funds Availability.
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Emerging Markets Program
Document Number: 2012-9637
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2013 Emerging Markets Program (EMP). The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from the private sector and from government agencies for FY 2013 and to set out criteria for the award of funds under the program in October 2012. The EMP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). The statutory authority for EMP expires at the end of fiscal year 2012. This notice is being published at this time to allow awards to be made early in fiscal year 2013, provided that the program is reauthorized prior to that time. In the event this program is not reauthorized, or is substantially modified, FAS will publish a notice in the Federal Register rescinding this Notice of Funds Availability.
Notice of Funds Availability; Inviting Applications for the Quality Samples Program
Document Number: 2012-9635
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces it is inviting proposals for the 2013 Quality Samples Program (QSP). The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from eligible applicants and to set out the criteria for the award of funds under the program in October 2012. QSP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program
Document Number: 2012-9633
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2013 Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) program. The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from the private sector and from government agencies for FY 2013 and to set out criteria for the award of funds in October 2012. The TASC program is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). The statutory authority for TASC expires at the end of fiscal year 2012. This notice is being published at this time to allow awards to be made early in fiscal year 2013, provided that the program is reauthorized prior to that time. In the event this program is not reauthorized, or is substantially modified, FAS will publish a notice in the Federal Register rescinding this Notice of Funds Availability.
Upland Cotton Base Quality
Document Number: 2012-7990
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-04-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This rule makes technical changes to the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) upland cotton marketing assistance loan (MAL) regulations to revise certain grade and quality references. Changes include revising references to specific quality characteristics of certain base quality grades to simply a reference to the ``base quality'' of the grade without further specification. CCC uses base quality to calculate upland cotton loan rates, Adjusted World Price (AWP), and related adjustments. This change will accommodate any future changes to the base quality specifications that define the base quality characteristics of a particular grade. This rule also changes a broad reference of a base grade to a more specific reference that names the particular relevant grade. None of these changes involve a change of policy and would not have affected any program determinations in past crop years, had these changes been in place at the time. They improve the regulations by maintaining consistency with base quality specifications as that may change in the future. This amendment will apply starting with the 2012 crop.
Information Collection Request; Economic Assessment of Conservation Reserve Program Lands for Hunting
Document Number: 2012-6011
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) are requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations on a new information collection request associated with the Economic Assessment of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Lands for Hunting.
Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program
Document Number: 2012-3173
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-02-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) published in the Federal Register a final rule for the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) on January 24, 2011, to address comments received on the interim rule and to publish changes to the entity certification requirements. At that time, NRCS provided an opportunity for the public to submit comments for 30 days on the certification requirements only. This rulemaking action is necessary to address those comments received on the entity certification requirements.
Information Collection Request; Assignment and Joint Payment Elections
Document Number: 2012-2861
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
Information Collection Request; Debt Settlement Policies and Procedures
Document Number: 2012-2259
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-02-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative and Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program
Document Number: 2011-33692
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces the availability of financial assistance funds in fiscal year (FY) 2012 for up to $11.74 million in the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) and up to $25 million in the Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP) through MRBI. These funding levels are available for new MRBI proposals only. However, CCPI and WREP will not be the only funding mechanisms for MRBI in FY 2012. The Chief of NRCS reserves discretion in utilizing other NRCS conservation program funds and mechanisms in support of the objectives of MRBI. Through agreements, partners and NRCS will provide assistance to eligible participants in the 54 designated focus areas (8-digit hydrologic unit codes (HUCs)) in the following 13 States: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The purpose of this notice is to solicit proposals from potential partners to enter into agreements with NRCS and to inform agricultural producers and landowners of the future availability of program funds through approved partnership projects. Proposals must be based on one or more 12-digit HUCs within the 54 designated focus areas. Partners who are currently involved in approved MRBI agreements through CCPI or WREP and want to work in other 12-digit watersheds must submit new proposals for a new project.
Report of Acreage, Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
Document Number: 2011-29290
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) are seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on an extension of a currently approved information collection associated with the report of acreage for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). This information collection is needed to administer the program.
Draft Environmental Assessment; Giant Miscanthus in REPREVE Renewables, LLC Project Areas Under the Biomass Crop Assistance Program
Document Number: 2011-27339
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This notice announces the availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed establishment and production of giant miscanthus (Miscanthus X giganteus) as a dedicated energy crop to be grown in the REPREVE Renewables, LLC (project sponsor) proposed project areas in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina as part of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). This notice provides a means for the public to voice any concerns they may have about the proposed BCAP project areas.